Respect One Another
Prepared by Dr. John E. Marshall
The obvious moral laws of Christianity are above question. Like their Author, they remain the same yesterday, today, and forever. Adultery, murder, stealing, lying, etc. are always wrong. Honoring parents, loving one another, etc. are always right. When it comes to cardinal truths, we are not at liberty to believe what we wish to believe. Where the New Testament speaks clearly, we acquiesce.
Much about Christian living is left to us to decide. There are many doubtful matters, things the New Testament makes no definite pronouncement on.
Lest we think this issue does not apply to us, here are some of the not-for-sure issues we have had to face at Second Baptist in my 21 years here as Pastor. Is “pre-Christian” an acceptable term to use to describe unbelievers? Should our church boycott Disney, Target, Starbucks?
What kind of music should we use in public worship? Shouldn’t we worship on Saturday? Is it okay to speak in tongues or have a prayer language? Why don’t we use the King James Bible only?
Is it wrong to observe Halloween and Christmas (especially the tree)? Should women be allowed to teach men in Sunday School classes? Is it okay to watch R-rated movies, listen to Rock and Roll, or country music? Should we try the Lottery, play cards, go to a casino, or use dice?
What is our positi